ROEHR 1250 (2009 - on) Review

At a glance

Power: 180 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.5 in / 800 mm)
Weight: Medium (432 lbs / 196 kg)

Prices

New £36,500
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The Roehr is a very exclusive, hand-built, all-American sports bike using a supercharged Harley Davidson 1250cc V-twin stolen from a V-Rod. The frame was designed by Walter Roehr himself. It’s not just a gimmick either, it works and, considering the weight of the Harley engine, handles far better than you’d think.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Considering the weight and size of the mighty V-twin which has been shoe horned into a very special CroMolly steel and aluminium frame it handles far better than you’d expect. The Roehr’s wheel base is very similar to a Ducati 1198. Ohlins suspension controls both front and rear and is fully adjustable. On standard settings it’s slightly on the soft side, more for the road than track, more catered for the US market.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Currently the most powerful production bike in the USA putting out more power than even a Ducati 1098R or KTM RC8R. The already over-engineered Harley engine receives a huge dollop of extra power thanks to a light weight supercharger. Claimed power is 180bhp with an arm-ripping 115ftlb of torque, all through a five-speed gearbox.   

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Impossible to judge reliability yet as this is a one off and all hand-built. However, the Harley Davidson V-Rod engine is bullet-proof and was designed in partnership with Porsche and even with the added boost in power should prove 100% reliable. The level of finish and quality components is also high.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The Roehr is one of the most expensive bikes on the road at the moment alongside Ducati’s GP-inspired Desmo. At £36,500 it’s only a dream bike for many. But it’s currently the most powerful American production bike, is hand made and is very, very special. As only a handful have been built it’s arguably the most exotic and rare production bike in the world currently.

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

As you would expect from a £35,000 plus bike the level of craftsmanship and quality components is very high. The Marchesini, forged, lightweight wheels are very trick and the single sided swing-arm is very MV-like. Huge 320 semi-floating front discs are gripped by radial-mounted, four-piston calipers. Then there’s the unusual parts like a full race exhaust which is half Vance and Hines and half Akrapovic – or a filler cap, which is where there pillion would sit as the fuel is under the race hump, sub frame and under the rider’s seat. Compare and buy parts for the Roehr 1250 in the MCN Shop.

Specs

Engine size 1250cc
Engine type 8v four stroke V-Twin, 6 gears
Frame type CrMolly steel/ Alum
Fuel capacity 12.1 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 196kg
Front suspension Ohlin 43mm forks fully adjustable
Rear suspension Ohlin single shock, fully adjustable
Front brake 2x 320mm 4piston radial caliper
Rear brake 245mm disc two piston
Front tyre size 120/70x17
Rear tyre size 190/55x17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
New price £36,500
Used price -
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 180 bhp
Max torque 115 ft-lb
Top speed 190 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 100 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2009: Model launched

Other versions

None

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